Explore the history of The Royal Female Orphanage, Beddington

Posted by Bryony Partridge on April 5, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Guest Bloggers, United Kingdom

The below is a guest post from Kath Shawcross, Borough Archivist & Local Studies Manager at the London Borough of Sutton about the Royal Female Orphanage List of Children, 1890-1913. To explore this collection, head to Ancestry.co.uk  The Royal Female Orphanage in Beddington, originally known as the ‘Asylum or House of Refuge for Orphans and other Deserted Girls of… Read more

8 Steps for Protecting Water-Damaged Photos

Posted by Maggie Mora on April 1, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

As April approaches and the rainy season begins, we’re sharing some tips on how to salvage water-damaged photos. At Storyhouse, we always encourage our clients to digitize all of their family memories and important documents before catastrophe strikes, but we know this isn’t always possible during sudden and unexpected bouts of inclement weather. Here is… Read more

History of St Lawrence Asylum records

Posted by Bryony Partridge on April 1, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

The below is a guest post from Sally Pocock, who together with Patricia Fawcett, created and provided the indexes for our new Cornwall Collections. This post gives some further context and background history on St. Lawrence’s Asylum, which may be particularly helpful for those searching the newly released Cornwall collections. St. Lawrence’s Asylum in Bodmin was opened… Read more

History of the Cornwall County Gaol records

Posted by Bryony Partridge on April 1, 2016 in Collections

 The below is a guest post from Sally Pocock, who together with Patricia Fawcett, created and provided the indexes for our new Cornwall Collections. This post gives some further context and background history on the Cornwall County Gaol, which may be particularly helpful for those searching the newly released Cornwall collections. One of the most enjoyable aspects… Read more

How to make the most of your ProGenealogists consultation at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2016

Posted by Bryony Partridge on March 31, 2016 in Who Do You Think You Are?

For the first time, AncestryProGenealogists will offer 45-minute, one-on-one consultations with our team of experts at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in Birmingham from 7th-9th April 2016. Ancestry’s in-house research department has explored the genealogy of countless celebrities for television show, Who Do You Think You Are? and now it could be your… Read more

My family involvement in the Easter Rising 1916

Posted by Bryony Partridge on March 26, 2016 in Ancestry.com Site

Rhona Murray, Family Historian at Ancestry, shares her family’s story and their involvement in the Easter Rising 1916. My great grandfather was a hard man. John Poole, father to 13 children and husband to Bridget Gibson. He had been toughened by life experiences. Born in Dublin in 1896, he grew up in a tenement house… Read more